AVB to stick with French stopper

Tottenham Hotspur Goalkeeper Hugo LlorisTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas looks set to keep French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the starting line-up against Liverpool at White Hart Lane tomorrow night in the Premier League.

The Spurs manager maintains that the platooning of Lloris and Brad Friedel hasn’t been a hindrance to team results, stating that “we’ve been shifting the keepers, not on bad performances but on good performances.”

“We want to give them a run of continuity for them to feel stabilised,” said AVB.

He continued by asserting that rotation is both “important for them and for the team too,” thus maintaining a level of competitiveness and efficiency no matter which keeper starts between the sticks.

Lloris having moved to the Lilywhites in August for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £12.3million, has thus far clocked up eight saves in three matches, while keeping one clean sheet.

If the French keeper continues to impress both the manager and the White Hart Lane faithful then it could spell the end for Friedel, with a return to Blackburn Rovers a likely outcome.

The American international has been offered a player-coach position at Rovers under the helm of former team mate Henning Berg.

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